Our EcoSport’s first battery was a stock DIN44 battery, which after 2.5 years, replaced by a DIN55 battery. After another 2.5 years, we are replacing the battery with a DIN60. Apparently, the battery compartment of EcoSport can fit DIN44, DIN55, and DIN60 batteries.
Replace the battery at regular intervals to minimize the chance of a failed engine start due to a battery that is unable to hold enough charge. In the case of our EcoSport, we prefer to replace the battery every 2.5 years.
The amount of air flowing into the engine is measured and monitored using a sensor called the Mass Air Flow sensor or the MAF sensor. The MAF sensor provides input to the engine in order to help caculate the optimal fuel-to-air ratio in various engine load conditions.
EcoSport’s auxiliary fan uses a high-wattage resistor in series to run at low speeds, through a component called the resistor block. With a damaged resistor block, the auxiliary fan loses its low speed setting and thus, compensates by pulsing at high speeds for short intervals, alternating full speed and off for several seconds at a time.
Lately, it has become more and more difficult to remove the tires due to a problem with our EcoSport’s lug nuts. The issue appears to be due to the lug nut’s thin metal sleeve, which once damaged, makes removal extremely difficult. After not being able to remove one of the tires during a road emergency, I’ve finally decided to replace the lug nuts.
As part of preventive maintenance procedure, EcoSport’s spark plugs must be replaced (or restored to proper specifications) every 40,000 kilometers. To remove and install the spark plugs, you will need a tool called a spark plug wrench.
The catch basin that collects and diverts flowing water from the windshield when it rains is called the cowl. The cowl must be cleaned regularly (every few years) to ensure it is not clogged and effectively channels the water away from the engine. To clean the cowl, simply remove the cover, which is secured by some screws and clips. Disassembly and reassembly (for cleaning purposes) only takes a few minutes.
EcoSport is equipped with motorized left and right side mirrors that may be adjusted through a control switch mounted on the driver’s door. The switch may be removed by using any flat tool to pry it up out of the panel.
To prevent damage to your EcoSport due to neglect, a strict schedule in performing vehicle maintenance procedure must be followed. This is called the Periodic Maintenance Schedule (PMS).
The idea behind the PMS is simple: perform maintenance procedure as you cover some road distance (measured in km) and as the vehicle ages. Consumable parts are replaced once they reach the end of their service life (as checked against a certain threshold). Below is a list of key maintenance procedure that must be attended to as part of the PMS:
Replace oil every 10,000 km (at most every 20,000 km)
Replace oil filter whenever new oil is used
Replace drive belt every 80,000 km to 100,000 km
Replace engine batteries (DIN 44 or 55) every 2 to 3 years
Replace coolant fluid every 240,000 km or top-up as needed
Replace brake/clutch fluid every 60,000 km or top-up as needed
Replace all tires every 5 years (including spare tire)
Replace cabin filter (air-con) every 20,000 km or as needed
Clean brakes every 10,000 km or as needed
Replace brake pads/shoes once minimum thickness is reached
Replace spark plugs every 40,000 km (up to 80,000 km) or as needed
Replace engine air filter every 40,000 km or as needed
Replace fuel filter every 40,000 km or as needed
Replace wipers every 5 years or as needed
Replace remote key battery every 3 to 5 years or as needed
Perform an under wash every 2 years (optional)
Perform an engine wash every 2 years (optional)
Replace transmission fluid AT/MT every 240,000 km
Replace clutch material (MT and AT) as needed (clutch material are designed to outlast the life of a vehicle when used properly)
Multi-point inspection such as checking instrument gauges, warning lights, horns, bulbs, washer and wiper operation, exterior lights, handbrake, seat belts, hood latch and hinges, wiring, pipes, hoses, heater, radiator, engine drive belt, steering and suspension, under body, brake system, A/C, bolt tightening, wheel rotation (as needed), refilling of wiper wash fluid, and battery health check, are also performed during PMS
Only vehicles that follow the dealer-recommended PMS are eligible to receive warranty claims within the vehicle’s warranty period of 3 years, or an equivalent of 100,000 km distance covered. Failure to perform key maintenance procedures will lead to costly repairs. Keep your EcoSport in good condition by following the recommended PMS.